Oct 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Lounge in Lazio

Lazio.  Senior citizen travelers, have you ever heard of it? Nor have I, but I’ll bet that you know the region because Rome is found in the heart of Lazio.  Lazio (Latium) is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy, situated in the central peninsular section of the country. With about 5.7 million residents and a GDP of more than 170 billion euros, Lazio is the third most populated and the second richest region of Italy, and Rome is right in the middle.

The Italian word Lazio descends from the Latin word Latium.  Lazio has numerous other attractions and would well invite a visit even if Rome did not exist. The region has many fascinating cities, several lakes, some beautiful scenery, good opportunities for country and hill walks and a coastline that is almost entirely beach, which is enhanced by hundreds of excellent fish restaurants.

All along the coast of “Latium”

The coast of Lazio is mainly composed of sandy beaches, punctuated by the headlands of Circeo and Gaeta. The Pontine Islands, which are part of Lazio, lie opposite the southern coast. This is the cradle of occidental civilization and Christian culture, of lakes and legends, of spas and history, of ancient roads and verdant hills. Getting to know and discovering Latium is like leafing through a history book; each page is connected to the other by a series of events that left their mark.

What to see and do in Lazio

I will attempt to exclude Rome in this blog as it overpowers any other portion of Lazio.   While it is the region that contains Rome, Lazio’s other attractions are formidable, from decorated Etruscan tombs to Renaissance palaces to volcanic lakes. Seniors  could spend an entire vacation just visiting the Etruscan places north of Viterbo.

Lazio is known by tourists as the region of Rome, but Lazio has other attractions, including the the Castelli Romani, Rieti, where you can visit St. Francis’ tiny monasteries, Frescati, where you drink refreshing wine and escape the heat of Rome in summer, and evocative Etruscan ruins, not to mentions spas and beaches.

You could spend a month in Lazio and not see it all. Aside from tourism Lazio derives its wealth from agriculture pursuits such as vegetable farming and winemaking as well as key industries such as machinery manufacturing, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and publishing.

The environs of Rome in Lazio

Northern Lazio, just north of Rome, offers senior visitors a rich landscape that has appealed to many cultures throughout time, from the Etruscans whose tombs dot the landscape to the ancient Romans to modern Italian holiday goers. Senior tourists are rare creatures in many of Lazio’s smaller towns, however once locals realize you are interested in their hometown they are generally delighted. I don’t know about you, but this is where my wife and I would spend lots of time.

Lazio Vacations Appeal to Senior Travelers

TripAdvisor takes seniors to Lazio and lists only three Top-rated hotels but 2,735 B&Bs.  How about that? Hint Hint!  Same for vacation rentals, 4,325 of them and 1,337 things to do in the area.  That’ll keep you busy till Christmas!  For seniors staying in Rome, or in the surrounding areas of the Viterbo Province, how about a  half-day cooking class and an all-day tour of the best Tuscany and Umbria has to offer?

Let me spoil you a bit by inviting you to take a limousine tour of the area to soak up the scenery and culture…and of course the superior Italian cuisine and fine wines. The hills in Lazio are rich and fertile making it easy to grow vegetables of all types which in turn makes them an important part of the cuisine in this area. They are cooked with liberal amounts of oil, herbs and garlic and more often than not a good portion of anchovies. Yum Yum!

You’ll enjoy Lazio

I found this site to be well done and full of information for seniors to enjoy prior to a visit. If you are “into castles”, in Lazio you’ll find over 200 of enormous historical and artistic importance in a region that is at the heart of culture in the world. So check out Lazio and enjoy the region. jeb

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